Don’t Put Your Device In Rice – Here’s Why!

Mobile phones are exposed to damage and most of the time they are subject to liquid damage such as coffee, tea, soda, etc. In that case, the cell phone can stop working or can be subject to malfunction issues. Almost all users would experience a fit of panic if their phone got damaged by water. According to the study, 25% of smartphone users have damaged their smartphones with water or some kind of liquid. Liquid entering a smartphone can damage the device in many ways as it can damage the circuit board of the phone. It could damage the camera lens, speakers, screen, charging, internal parts, or all functions.

Mobiles can be water-resistant but they are not waterproof. Apple claims iPhone 12 is water-resistant if it is accidentally dropped in water it can survive up to six meters of water for 30 minutes on the other hand Samsung Galaxy 21’s dipping limit is up to 1.5m, also for 30 minutes. Water-resistance just suggests the device can handle some exposure to water before substantial damage occurs. 

A Myth Or Truth?

If the device is water damaged do not put the device in rice. It’s a myth that putting the device exposed to water damage in a container of uncooked rice doesn’t work. Doing that can introduce dust and starch into the phone. The rice trick has continued for many years because it sounds right, even if it isn’t. Rice absorbs water and absorbing water is key to saving the phone. That is the reason this rice trick myth is transferred again and again from friend to friend and parents to child.

An important thing to do in case of water damage is to turn the mobile off and remove the battery and give it time to let it dry because electricity can cause further damage. Turning off the device ensures that water doesn’t reach and damage the important phone parts and it will avoid permanent damage to the device. 

Checking The Liquid Damage Indicator

Diagnosing a device for water damage has become easier. Now devices have an LDI feature. LDI stands for liquid damage indicator; it’s a strip inside the sim or SD card that changes colors when the device is exposed to water. In case of water damage, these LDI can be assessed by following steps

  1. After powering off the device insert the ejector tool into the small hole next to the sim to eject the tray.
  2. If the device is exposed to moisture the LDI will be solid pink, purple, or red which means that the service is required otherwise the LDI will be solid white or solid white with pink or purple.

Quick Measures To Prevent Water Damage

Following steps can be taken immediately to save the phone from further damage :

  1. Don’t press any button instead turn off the device in case of water exposure
  2. Dry the phone with a paper towel or soft cloth
  3. Avoid vigorous shaking to the device, gently shake the device to remove water from the charging port otherwise liquid will further spread in the device
  4. Remove the sim
  5. Water can be blown out by using a compressed aerosol air duster( avoid using a hot blow dryer because in that case, the heat can damage the screen.
  6. Special ports can be dried out in front of the fan
  7. Drying agent Silica gel can be used to absorb the moisture by leaving the phone in a container full of silica gel packets.
  8. Never charge the phone until it gets dry otherwise it gets further damage.

If these steps seem useless and the device is stuck, it is better to take it to the professional.

Taking Professional Service

When the phone has been exposed to liquid it will need repairs. Simply allowing the phone to dry off completely on its own is not enough. Physical damage might not be covered under the company warranty but service appointments can be set up. The phone can be taken to the professional cell phone repair shop because they have tools and experience. They can figure out the damage to the device and fix it properly. Most repairs are completed within days and the broken parts can be repaired or the damaged parts are replaced with new parts to make sure the device is working properly.

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